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  1. What's included in my purchase of a house plan set?

    Answer:

    Single set:

    A single set of plans includes floor plans and elevations only and are not for use in construction. They are intended for you or your builder to use to help you decide if the home you have chosen will fit on your lot and into your budget.

    Construction sets:

    This includes five to eight sets of plans which include all the exterior views, complete floor plans, a basement or foundation plan, a roof plan, building sections, and any other details necessary to explain how to build your home. This is the basic package that you need to obtain a building permit, secure your financing, and to actually build from.

     
    Reproducible Set:


    These are modifiable originals for customers/builders interested in havng a local designer make changes to the design of the plans. Only the original purchaser has the right to build one home from the plans purchased. You may not rent, lease, loan, give, transfer or sell copies of the plans.
     

     CAD Set:



    A full set of Construction drawings in AutoCAD. These can be used by your local architect or designer to make changes to the plan.

     

    PDF File:

    (Electronic)-an emailable full set of house plans in Adobe PDF (portable document format). This file allows the house plan to be viewed on your computer by zooming in on special features of the plan and print from it.

  2. Can I modify stock house plans? How long will it take?

    Answer:

    Yes, we offer modifications to our plans with free quotes at reasonable rates. At Dallas Design Group, we understand that you want your plan to be modified to suit your exact needs and any of our house plans can be changed accordingly. Please let us know which plan you are interested in modifying and give us us a call at (972) 907-0080 for more information.
     
  3. Can I purchase a plan and have it modified by someone else?

    Answer:

    Yes, if you purchase a CAD set or reproducible vellums, you can take those plans to a local draftsman or architect to have changes made.
     
  4. What do I do after purchasing my plans from you?

    Answer:

    The first thing you should do is contact your local building department to find out exactly what is required for permitting. Some areas require an engineer or architect to sign-off/seal their approval to meet local building codes. Next, decide if you want to go with conventional lumber for your floor and roof system or engineered prefabricated trusses. Conventional floor and roof systems may need engineering if required by your local building department. If choosing engineered trusses, you'll need to drop off one set of plans to your local truss plant or building materials center where they will furnish truss layouts and truss details. Generally, they provide this service as part of the truss price package. You MUST get the specific requirements from your local building department. At DallasDesignGroup.com we provide what's called the "design" and "working drawings". There are no engineer or architectural stamps/sign-offs whatsoever. Engineering is not provided with any plans and should be provided by your own hired, local Engineer. The best place to start looking for an engineer or architect would be your local phone directory, since they would need to be familiar with YOUR local building codes. Wind load, snow load and earthquake engineering would be YOUR engineer or architect's responsibility.
     
  5. How many sets of house plans will I need to build my new home?

    Answer:

    We recommend that when purchasing your sets, you always keep a full set for your records. Depending on your area, you will need a few sets for your builders/subcontractors, mortgage or lending institution, building department etc. The safest way to go is an eight set minimum, since blueprints cannot be copied and are protected under copyright laws.
     
  6. Can I order more sets once I've placed my original order?

    Answer:

    Yes. Individual sets are available after your original purchase and vary in cost depending on the size of the home and the number of sheets in each set. Contact us at (972) 907-0080, and we will be happy to give you a quote on additional plan sets.
     
  7. Can you help me find a particular type of house plan?

    Answer:

    Sure. If you don't see what you want on our website just give us a call, toll free, at (972) 907-0080, and we can provide you with a custom design quote.
     
  8. What types of foundations are available for my house plans?

    Answer:

    Many times changing a foundation type is a very simple matter and can be done during construction. Most of our plans are drawn with a standard slab but can be modified for basements, crawl spaces, etc. Please let us know the plan you're interested in and give us a call, toll free, at (972) 907-0080 with any questions.
     
  9. Can I order study set plans?

    Answer:

    Yes! Please give us call at (972) 907-0080 and we will be happy to provide a quote for a study set. A study set is intended to allow you to study the plan or to get a bid from your builder.
     
  10. Do you have duplex and multi-family house plans?

    Answer:

    Yes. You can also give us a call at (972) 907-0080.
     
  11. How do I order the house plans I like?

    Answer:

    Once you have chosen a plan that you want to order, just follow the simple instructions on the price and general specification's page of that plan. You must choose a plan set. Next, proceed to checkout and click on "add to cart" and continue with the information requested. If you want, you may also place your order over the phone by calling us at (972) 907-0080. Please have the plan name available.
     
  12. Do you have alternate elevations of the house plans I like?

    Answer:

    Most of the plans we offer can have the elevation changed. Please give us a call for a quote.
     
  13. Can I see rear and side elevations or more artwork and photos?

    Answer:

    Yes. Our designs have rear and side elevations available upon request. All the plans' artwork and photos are online, however, a color rendering can be provided and printed with the plan for a separate fee. Please let us know if you would like a quote for a color rendering included with your house plan.
     
  14. Tell me about the "living" square footage and room size info?

    Answer:

    Generally, square footage is calculated as the finished (dry-walled, painted, carpeted), under heat and air square footage. It would include footage from outside framed wall to outside framed wall (not including brick, siding, stucco etc.), and anywhere the floor joists would project, such as in a cantilevered (overhanging) bay window. Other things that are typically not included in a home's square footage are garages, front, back or side porches, courtyards, patio, etc. Basements are also not included in the square footage unless they are finished. All room sizes shown on floor plans are rounded off measurements.
     
  15. If I decide I don't like the house plans, can they be returned?

    Answer:

    Unfortunately, no. Since it is possible to make illegal copies of the plans you received, we do not allow any refunds. You need to make sure of your order before placing it. It is also VERY important that you check the dimensions of your lot or land before selecting a house plan.
     
  16. Are your house plans available on CAD?

    Answer:

    Yes, our plans are available for purchase on a CD ROM disc.
     
  17. What codes do your plans comply with?

    Answer:

    Our plans are designed to specifications published by the International Building Code, (IBC), and the Uniform Building Code, (UBC). All of our plans are designed to meet or exceed the national building standards. Because of the great differences in geography and climate throughout the United States and Canada, each state, country, county, and municipality has its own building codes, zone requirements, ordinances, and building regulations. Your plans may need to comply with the local requirements regarding snow loads, energy codes, wind loads, soil and seismic conditions, and a wide range of other matters. Please check with your local building authorities before making your purchase.
     
  18. How many times can I build the plan I purchase?

    Answer:

    As a registered purchaser of a plan, you are licensed to build only one structure from the plans, regardless of the number of plan sets you purchased. If you intend to build a plan more than once, contact us at (972) 907-0080 to obtain a quote for a multi-use license.
     
  19. What is mirror reverse?

    Answer:

    A mirror reverse is exactly like looking at a set of plans in a mirror. All of the text is backwards. All of our plans can be mirror reversed for an additional fee.
     
  20. How can I check my order status?

    Answer:

    You will receive an email order confirmation immediately after placing your order. You will receive an email shipping confirmation along with a tracking number when your order is shipped.
     
  21. How long does it take to ship a set of house plans?

    Answer:

    Most plans are shipped by the next working day after placing your order. If any plan changes are requested, you will receive a timeline from one of our designers with an estimated shipping time.
     
  22. What is a reproducible vellum?

    Answer:

    Vellum is a translucent paper that can be used to print erasable sepias or mylars which allows the builder and/or engineer to make modifications and revisions and then reproduce them for your sub-contractors. If you plan to make modifications or revisions to the plans, our designers offer this set which comes with a Copyright Release Form. The Copyright Release Form gives you the permission needed to make your revisions or modifications and for copies to be made.
     
  23. Can we make copies of a plan when we purchase it?

    Answer:

    Generally, no. All of the plans offered on DallasDesignGroup.com are protected under copyright laws and cannot be copied. If extra copies are needed, please contact us at info@dallasdesigngroup.com. The only exception is if you purchased a CAD set.
     
  24. Do you offer custom design work?

    Answer:

    Yes, please give us a call to schedule a consultation with one of our designers who can work with you on pricing and designing your new home.
     
  25. Do your plans come with a material list?

    Answer:

    No, full architectural drawings never include a materials list. This list is compiled by the materials' supplier, you, and your builder. It is tailored to availability, suitability, and cost. Generic materials lists which are often available with stock plan purchases, are of marginal use when getting an estimate, and of little to no use for bids or construction.
     
  26. What are home building codes?

    Answer:

    Building codes are safety regulations pertaining to how a building (commercial or residential), should be built. They are intended to protect both builders and home buyers from building an unsafe structure. They deal with everything from nail spacing to wheelchair accessibility. Many restrictions, regulations and inspections are regionally required due to soil conditions, weather conditions, etc. There are three major nationally-recognized model building codes that are all very similar in content in the United States: UBC (Uniform Building Code); BOCA (Building Officials & Code Administrators); and CABO (Council of American Building Officials). Every state, county and local municipality has adopted some form of one, any or all of these standard building codes. DallasDesignGroup.com plans all conform to the Uniform Building Code.
     
  27. Do these house plans meet my local building codes?

    Answer:

    Our house plans are drafted to meet average conditions and codes in the State of which they were designed. Because codes and requirements can change and may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, DallasDesignGroup.com cannot warrant compliance with any specific code or regulation. All of our plans can be adapted to the local building codes and requirements. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or builder of each plan to see that the structure is built in strict compliance with the governing municipal codes (city, count, state and federal). In addition to the complete building plans that you order, you will also need a site plan that shows where the house is going to be located on the property. Your builder can usually help you with this. You may also need a septic design unless your lot is served by a sanitary sewer system. Many areas now have energy codes that have to be followed. This normally involves filling out a simple form proving compliance. Now for the tricky one. There are some areas of the country that have very strict engineering codes. Examples of this would be earthquake-prone areas of California or hurricane risk areas on the Florida coast. If you are building in this type of area, it is possible that you will need to hire a local engineer to analyze the house and provide additional drawings and calculations required by your building department. If you aren't sure, building departments always have a handout they will give you listing everything you need to submit for a building permit.
     
  28. Can a contractor or I actually build a home from your house plans?

    Answer:

    Yes. Our plans include most everything you need to build, including elevations, floor plans, foundation/basement plans, electrical plans, roof plans, etc. Important details, such as where the home will be located on your site, and how the water, sewer, and electrical hookups are made, is something you will need to address with your contractor and local building inspector. If engineering is required by your local building department you will need to contact and hire them on your own.
     
  29. How do I find a contractor to build my home?

    Answer:

    Start with the local phone book. You can also call your local Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and the local Home Builders Association to ask for recommendations. Ask friends and relatives in the area for their suggestions. Also, visit local model homes. Often the builders are there, and you can talk to them to see if they would fit your needs.
     
  30. How much will it cost to build the home I want?

    Answer:

    You will need a set of plans to present to your builder who will prepare a detailed estimate.
     
  31. About our site and house plans copyright info

    Answer:

    The purchase of a set of plans in no way transfers any copyright or other ownership interest to the buyer, except for a limited license to use that set of home plans for the construction of one, and only one, dwelling unit. In 1990 the copyright law changed. The changes effected intellectual property which includes architectural drawings in any tangible medium or form, such as magazines, books, CD-ROMs, or the Internet. Under the law, it is not permissible to modify a plan from such sources. It is illegal! All home plans sold through DallasDesignGroup.com are protected by copyrights held by the individual designers. Reproduction of these home plans, either in whole or in part, including any form and/or preparation of derivative works, for any reason, without prior written permission, is strictly prohibited. Copyright law has been reinforced over the past few years. Willful infringement could cause settlements for statutory damages up to $250,000 plus attorney fees, damages and loss of profits.
     
  32. Is my privacy and credit card info secure?

    Answer:

    Completely. When you place an online order on our secure server, all information is sent encrypted to an automated payment-processing center to see that everything is correct. Your order information is then sent to us without your credit card information. This way, no credit card information is ever stored on our server and no one will have access to it at any point in the transaction. As for your privacy, we do not give out any private information to anyone for any reason. You can read more about this by going to our privacy policy. Dallas Design Group is the foremost originator of Luxury House Plans online. We have been designing homes and selling house plans for almost 40 years. Let us help you with you next architectural design project. Dallas Design Group. "Architecture for the way you live!"

Note:

In order for any plan option to be purchased, a PDF or CAD file must be purchased first. If a single set is purchased, it is for review purposes only and will be stamped not for construction. If after purchasing your review set you decide to upgrade to five or eight sets, or PDF or CAD, you will receive a credit for your study set purchase which can be applied to your purchase of the approved construction versions of the plan. Only PDF or CAD purchases can be modified. All plans can be reversed, converted to metric, and modified to suit. Thank you for visiting us at DallasDesignGroup.com Luxury home plans for over 40 years!